We are fortunate in Emerald Isle to have an excellent emergency medical service squad. It is the result of a great partnership between the Town, paid staff, and devoted volunteers. Two of these long time volunteers are Mary Metzler and Doje Marks, who recently stepped down from positions as officers but will continue to remain active members of the Squad. On behalf of everyone with an interest in Emerald Isle, I want to thank them for their years of service.
Mary has been with the Squad for 27 years. She joined the Emerald Isle Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in 1980 and became an EMT/Firefighter. She has been the Emerald Isle Emergency Medical Service Squad Chief from 1991 to 2004 and again from 2006 until December 2007. Mary has transformed the Squad from a basic unit to one of the first to provide Paramedic level care in the county while meeting the challenge of a call volume increase from less than 200 to over 600 per year. She has been an EMT-Paramedic and taught several emergency medical classes throughout Carteret County. Additionally, she is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a retired Swansboro Elementary School teacher, a former Emerald Isle town Commissioner, and volunteers her time with the Outerbanks Wildlife Shelter in Newport.
Doje joined the Squad in 1988 and together with her husband Ron, has continually served as an active member. She was the Secretary from 1990 to 1994 and Donations Secretary from 1995 until December 2007. Her efforts dramatically improved funding through the yearly mailing program, which increased donations to over $160,000.00 in 2001, the last year the squad actively solicited funds. She has been an EMT-Intermediate, a retired school teacher/librarian from the State of New York, a former member of the Emerald Isle Board of Adjustment and a former Emerald Isle Town Commissioner. She remains active in several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Carteret County.
Both Mary and Doje have freely given of their time, responding to emergency calls at all hours of the day or night. They have treated patients in a competent, professional manner, and with the care and compassion of those who are truly dedicated to helping their fellow man. Their efforts exemplify all that is best when defining volunteerism and citizenship and have set a standard that each of us should strive to attain. Thank you, Mary and Doje, for all you have done for the patients, the Squad, and people of Emerald Isle.
I want to thank the new officers who are Chief-Doug Fleming; Assistant Chief-Cliff Owen; Secretary-Kim Young; Donations Secretary-Jean Snyder; and Treasurer-Nancy Stewart. If you haven’t gotten your green reflective street number sign, please call the squad at 354-2249 to get yours today. They are only $15 and will save precious time when an emergency arises.